Like many 2010's, this is brooding and took a long time to open. The last glass was the best, so I would hold these. Purple/maroon in color. The nose has lots of grilled meats, some earthiness and some black raspberries. On the palate, this is stern and narrow. With air it opens to show more fruit. Not a lot of fruit, but purple/black fruits. Nice texture. I don't think it needs food, just time at this point.
Deep maroon color. Smokehouse and blackberry nose. Very smooth and balanced. Blue and black fruits, anise, pepper, tar, olive brine and medium tannins. Drinks well served cool and with a 2 hour decant. Could cellar for several years yet. Well made and a very enjoyable Syrah. 93+ Drink or hold.
Above average but not mind-blowing. Admittedly, this was a non-decanted bottle, which may have made a difference. Paired with BBQ ribs and pulled pork, which it actually excelled with. My complaint is that it was a bit bitter on the back end, and -- I do not know how else to describe it -- musty and/or funky. On the plus side, this wine was still quite bold and satisying. Would buy again at this price, but I'd decant for a couple hours first.
Notes of tart blackberry, red fruits, olive, and rocks and minerals. Some saline notes with an odd tart (almost grapefruit) tinge on the back end. Not sure where this wine is going, with complicated earth and fertilizer notes framing the astringent fruit profile. I have another that I'll let lie for another year (fingers crossed but not too hopeful). Totally different persona than the Papa's Block.
Nose of Dark Fruits, cooking spices, steak juices and flowers. Palate is medium bodied, nice silky texture and medium acidity with loads of dark fruits, tar, beef blood and maybe a bit of orange fruit at the tail end (not unusual for some Carlisle Syrah). This was very good, needs some freshness at the end but I very much enjoyed this over the course of 5 hours. I wouldn't hurry, it has 3-5 years of cellar life ahead easy.
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